Schutzhund Training | Nutrition for Working Dogs

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As a Schutzhund trainer for top level strong competition dogs, people often ask my advice about nutrition.  My first advice is always the same – don’t let your dog get fat!  Any dog that comes to my place for boarding inevitably ends up on a “diet” and goes home trimmer and smarter in more ways than one. But how much to feed?

Here are some guidelines:
Adjust food intake to maintain optimum body weight and condition. Do NOT feed too much. The
slim-line model is best. Ribs should be felt but not seen. There should be a waist visible from
the side and from above.

Most schutzhund and working dogs are endurance athletes. Slow increases in exercise and slow adjustment to new nutritional needs are best. Being a weekend warrior and suddenly increasing exercise and diet can result in injuries and digestive upset.

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